A couple weeks ago FOX officially named Curt Menefee and Joe Klatt, and today ESPN has officially announced their lead broadcast announcers.
Longtime ESPN announcer Steve Levy and former New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy will serve as the lead broadcast team for XFL games on ESPN, the network announced Wednesday.
Levy and McElroy will call the league’s first game; they’ll also handle Saturday games on ABC, the league’s West final and the XFL championship game on April 26.
In some other interesting news Tom Luginbill will serve as a field analyst for the Saturday games, while Dianna Russini will also work as a reporter.
Luginbill won a championship with the Los Angeles Xtreme as QB coach and Director of Player Personnel during its first incarnation in 2001, which is great to see people with ties to the old league in on-air roles.
For Sunday games, Tom Hart will be on the play-by-play, with former NFL wide receiver Joey Galloway and former NFL punter Pat McAfee serving as analysts.
Pat McAfee has since spoke about this on his podcast:
Levy joined ESPN in 1993 and is one of ESPN’s most-tenured SportsCenter anchors. He has been one of ESPN/ABC’s top play-by-play voices for college football since 2016 and he called his first Monday Night game in 2019. Levy has also called NHL and other hockey events, including the World Cup, throughout his career.
McElroy joined ESPN in 2014 as a college football analyst for SEC Network. He calls college football games on ESPN/ABC and contributes to SEC Network studio shows, including the football-themed Thinking Out Loud which he co-hosts. A four-year Alabama quarterback, McElroy led the Crimson Tide to the 2010 BCS National Championship. He also played three NFL seasons.
Luginbill joined Scouts Inc. in 2002 and was promoted to national recruiting director when the company was purchased by ESPN. In addition to providing in-depth recruiting analysis of top collegiate football prospects, he is a sideline analyst for college football games on ESPN/ABC. Luginbill was the quarterback coach and director of player personnel for the Los Angeles Xtreme, which won the championship in the original XFL’s only season in 2001.
Russini joined ESPN in 2015 and is an NFL Insider/reporter and host. She appears regularly on ESPN’s NFL shows, SportsCenter, Get Up and more. The sideline reporter for ESPN’s Monday Night Football doubleheader game in Oakland in September 2019, Russini also appears on a variety of ESPN digital shows.
Hart joined ESPN/SEC Network in 2017 and is the voice of SEC Saturday Night college football games. He also calls college basketball and college baseball across ESPN networks.
Galloway joined ESPN in 2011 and is a college football analyst. He currently works in-studio and has also called college football games. One of Ohio State’s all-time receiving leaders, Galloway was a first-round pick who played 16 NFL seasons.
McAfee joined ESPN in 2019 as a college football analyst and contributor. He calls ESPN Thursday night college football games and regularly appears on Get Up. A standout college punter/kicker who played eight NFL seasons. McAfee also works for Westwood One and DAZN.